For women in particular, the upper arms sometimes remain droopy regardless of diet and exercise routines. This can be due to age, extreme or rapid weight fluctuation, or genetic predisposition. For many, loose skin or “bat wings” can cause frustration. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, helps patients achieve a more toned and youthful appearance in the arms.
What is Arm Lift Surgery?
During an arm lift, Dr. Kovanda removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm between the underarm and elbow. This is achieved through a small incision. When the excess tissue is removed, the skin is tightened to achieve a smooth appearance. The entire procedure usually lasts about two to four hours.
Arm Lift with Liposuction
Dr. Kovanda may use liposuction either in addition to an arm lift surgery or as a standalone procedure. During your consultation, you may learn that your insecurities can be addressed by removing excess fat alone and that you do not require an arm lift at all.
Who is a Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?
The best candidates for an arm lift are at a healthy and stable weight. They have loose, hanging skin and isolated areas of fat in the upper arms and are generally healthy. Dr. Kovanda will review your medical history with you during a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Recovering from an Arm Lift
Most patients experience swelling and bruising after their surgeries, and require compression bandages or garments as well as drainage tubes at the incision site. Swelling typically subsides within a week or two after the surgery, and most patients can return to work within this time frame. Dr. Kovanda will also likely prescribe you medication for any pain associated with the recovery.
Schedule A Consultation
To learn more about arm lift surgery, please contact Kovanda Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Institute. Request your consultation online or call (612) 335-9032.